If you’ve been on state’s Capitol Campus lately, you may have seen a brand new building on the corner of 11th and Capitol Way. Well, that 5 story, 225,000 sq ft building is now home to the Washington State Patrol headquarters.

The 1063 project was first initiated by the state legislature in 2013 to create a brand new space for state employees that was within the top 1% of office buildings nationally in energy efficiency. Not only is the new building LEED platinum, but it is also expected to save $60,000 a year thanks to renewable solar power.

The WSP joined the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services last month for the grand opening of the 106-11 Ave. Building. (Yes, despite the project’s “1063” name, it is actually named the 106 Building). And last week, we finally began the official move in.

A Gateway to the Capitol Campus

The new building is believed to provide a transitional gateway from the City of Olympia to the West Capitol Campus.

The first thing you may notice about the building is its outside features. More than 5,000 native, adapted, and drought plants line the entire building. There is also 640 sq ft of suspended paving to increase tree root growth. Throughout the life of the building, the plants alone are expected to absorb 400,000 pounds of CO2.

Rain gardens were also installed to add texture and absorb storm water runoff which helps remove pollutants.

Ten public benches are also located outside. But with Washington weather being so wet, we understand you may not want to hang out outside for long periods of time. So feel free to come on in and see the new building for yourself, it’s open to the public during normal working hours.

Take a Look Inside

Captain Shane Nelson, who acted as the WSP Project Manager for the building, can give you a quick look at the inside of the building and all the features it has to offer.

Efficiency & Sustainability

This project’s goal was not only to just create an energy efficient building but also a more effective and efficient workspace. As you can see from the video, it has done just that.

The building was constructed with smart features that conserve water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some other main features include:
• 10.63 percent of the building’s energy is from renewable solar power, or 166,447 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year — enough to power over 13 average American homes for a year.
• Smart water systems will save an estimated 828,310 gallons of water per year — enough water to provide the water needs for a four-person household for 6.5 years.
• Compared to an average office building, there will be 71.4 percent less CO2 emissions — equivalent to taking 291 cars off the road each year or saving the electricity from 204 homes annually.
• Geothermal wells allow the building to use the earth’s energy for both heating and cooling, and save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving an average passenger vehicle 318,082 miles a year.
• 100% outside air ventilation system & large windows for daylight improve productivity & reduce the number of worker sick days.
• A zero emissions renewable solar power roof-top system that will generate 7% of the building’s energy, improve the building energy performance and place the building in the top 1% of buildings nationally.
• Energy Star score of 99
• For every dollar invested in the project, an estimated 75 cents will be reinvested back in Washington companies and workers through material and labor costs. “Made in Washington” products and technology will be found throughout the building, further reducing its carbon footprint.

Additionally, the WSP gets the opportunity to consolidate its division workspace. Currently, the agency has “headquarter” office located throughout the entire Tumwater and Olympia area. This building allows us to increase work efficiency by bringing us into one shared space. Not to mention, new building is expected to help the state save more than $100 million over its lifetime compared to leasing space, according to the Office of Financial Management.

To learn more about the 1063 building and project, you can visit the DES website here.